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2014 Fall Training School Tentative Agenda


MONDAY, September 15, 2014

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
• Overview of the Governmental Accounting Process
• Running Effective Meetings: The Importance of Meeting Procedures & Taking Proper Minutes

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
• Civil Service Essentials
• Red Flags for Fraud
• Enacting Local Laws & Conducting Referenda: How to Avoid the Pitfalls

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Orientation

TUESDAY, September 16, 2014

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
• Albany Update
• The ABCs of Regulating Traffic & Parking in Cities & Villages
• Preparing, Monitoring & Amending an Effective Budget
• Hidden Savings: How to Regain Control of Workers' Compensation Costs Through Claims Management
• The Affordable Care Act From a Local Government Perspective - Part I
• Living in the Glass House: Ethics for City & Village Officials

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
 Gifts, Loans & Donations
• The Tax Freeze: What You Need to Know (repeated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.)
• Basel III Banking Regulations
• The Affordable Care Act From a Local Government Perspective - Part II
• What Do You Mean I Can't Do That? Understanding How Local Governments Operate & The Roles of Public Officials

NYS Association of City and Village Clerks' Annual Luncheon

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
• Alternative Records Solutions and Shared Services Opportunities
That is what I said, but not what I meant: The Keys to Effective Communication
• Establishing & Accounting for Reserves
• Building a Better Budget
• Violence In the Workplace: Are You In Compliance?

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
• Leveling the Playing Field When It Comes to Cable Franchising Agreements
• Protecting Municipal Data: A Non-Technical Guide for Beginners
• Employer Reporting for Retirement Purposes
• How to Conduct a Village Election
• Go With the Flow: Water & Sewer Administration

WEDNESDAY, September 17, 2014

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
• The Open Meetings Law: The Basics & Nuances of Running Meetings Pursuant to NYS Law
• Hot Topics in Employee Relations
• Accounting for Capital Projects 
• Managing Your Risk When Sharing Services
• Getting a Handle on Records Management
• Employee Handbooks... The Case for Sound Policy Development

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
• Inspiring & Providing Leadership
• The Top Ten Ways to Lose Your Section 75 Disciplinary Proceeding
• The Tax Freeze: What You Need to Know
• Developing an Effective Fund Balance Policy
• Understanding the Procurement Process & Using State & Cooperative Contracts
• The Freedom of Information Law: How to Handle Emails, Private Information & the Person Who FOILs Everything

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
• What is Bad Dirt, Why is it a Problem & What Do I Need to Do About It?
• Best Practices in Drafting Bid Specifications & RFPs
• Bonding & Borrowing: The Latest Trends & Issues
• Clerks' Seminar
• Cloud Computing: What's It All About?

THURSDAY, September 18, 2014

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
• Social Media & The Workplace
• How a Bill Becomes a Law: Getting Involved in the Process
• OSC Audits: Procedures & Common Findings
• Policies and Procedures to Manage the Business of Government
• Three-Alarm Fire: Administrating Volunteer Fire Departments

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
• Legal Requirements Surrounding Credit Cards & Electronic Financial Transactions
• Retirement System Update
• Managing Municipal Assets
• Cracks in the Foundations: Local Governments are Still Losing Ground on Addressing Vital Infrastructure Needs
• I Have Been Accused of What?  Best Practices for Responding to a Division of Human Rights Complaint

NYS Society of Municipal Finance Officers' Annual Luncheon

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
• Notary Exam
• Emergency Management: Dealing with Disasters & the State & Federal Agencies That Are There to Help You
• Cyber Threats to Municipalities: What Should Keep You Up at Night?
• Digital Towpath: New York's Platform for Shared Municipal IT Services

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
• Property Tax Potpourri
• Finance Officers' Seminar
• Grant Opportunities for Cities & Villages

EVENING
Reception, Annual Banquet & Certificate of Attendance Awards

 updated 9/10/14